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Illegal Tender (2007)

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When the thugs who killed his father come looking for him, a young Latino man and his mother flee from their home.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Philip Del Rio ... Lugo
Samuel Molina ... Older Man
Rick Sepulveda ... Joey
... Wilson DeLeon Sr.
... Ceasar
... Latina Killer #1
... Latina Killer #2 (as Carmen Perez)
... Mora
... Young Millie
... Young Jessenia
... Nilsa
Ronald Escobar ... Javier's Man #1
... Javier Cordero
... Wilson Jr.
... Ana
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After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers - one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters. Wilson DeLeon, Jr. is an exceptional college student with an adoring girlfriend, doting mother and a future full of promise. He has never wanted for anything, and he has never been forced to stand his ground. But when ghosts from his mother's past come back to haunt his present, he must defend his family ... and quickly turn into the strong man his father prayed he'd become. Nothing could stop Wilson's mother, Millie, from protecting her two boys. Forced to flee her home after gangsters killed her husband, she made an oath to give her children only the best. But all that changes when an enemy from the past catches up with them. It's finally time to take action - and now, they're done running. Weapons at the ready, Wilson, Jr. and Millie prepare for a final showdown with the ... Written by Universal Pictures

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Always protect the family.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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24 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Le pacte  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,425,915, 26 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,054,430, 16 September 2007
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Was screened for distributor Universal Studios less than two weeks after shooting. See more »

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Numerous items or logos in the bodega did not exist in 1985, for example we cards for tobacco did not exist. See more »


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Mueve la Cadera (Shake Your Body)
Written by Domenic Marte, Maximo J. Hernandez, and Juan Carlos Alphonse
Performed by Bats N Rome
Produced by David Salas and Domenic Marte
Bats N Rome appear courtesy of DBR Records
Courtesy of JDS Records
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What would the Flying Spaghetti Monster do?
26 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was actually surprised that this was fairly good. It wasn't "good" or "excellent", but it is OK enough to enjoy at some points. Not only that, but it has a storyline that has a nice touch near the end.

The film begins in mid 80s New York, with Wilson and several drug gangsters. He has a knocked up woman and money set aside. But then things get tricky and he winds up dead. The viewer is left wondering "why?".

Thats when it goes to 2007. The child being carried is grown up, has his own woman, but he doesn't know who his father was. Events turn the college student into a man chasing down the past. Eventually things get settled in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. There young Wilson Jr. discovers his father's secret past and why things are they way they are.

Without ruining why, the plot twist at the end explains one scene that didn't make sense at the beginning. So that was well done. However, some of the characters didn't exactly fit the bill, especially in the scenes outside New York and Connecticut. Plus, the music was all wrong for much of the film.

Some people question "Ana"(Daina Ramirez), the girlfriend of Wilson Jr. She stays with him through the film, but she is seemingly the stereotypical 'damsel'. However, there are many women like that who are soft hearted so I don't have doubts about the character.

With everything said, I think the film is moderately good. So have a look and try it out. Its nothing special, but its good enough to draw your attention. "B-"


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